Are you smarter than a 55-300? For this Bigmos, the answer is no.

Started Jul 4, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP paulkienitz Veteran Member • Posts: 5,281
Re: REDEMPTION! Sort of.

brecklundin wrote:

As far as the exposure thing, comes down to knowing the lens and setting your exposure compensation or just accounting for it when shooting. I am full manual pretty much all the time but am learning to at least try and embrace TAV mode and I hardly ever rely on the camera's meter preferring to trust my instincts. To me no DSLR I've ever used gets the exposure right to my eye...just use it as a starting point. Plus I think I am ovr reliant to addressing exposure in post which might be me being a lazy guy...hahaha...keep after it, hope it ends up working out for you.

I find that the K-3 is quite good at correctly exposing, but there are still a lot of times when I give it something that no camera can be expected to automate, like a small bird on a dull backdrop with one white part that I don't want to blow out, or a landscape with a strip of bright sky right at the top edge.  For birding I often just dial in -1.0 comp just like I would with a dumber camera (maybe with this lens it'd just be -0.5), and for those awkward sky situations there's no substitute for chimping.

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